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Training and Activities

The one year PREP@Iowa training program consists of:

  • Introductory laboratory methods course and two laboratory rotations.
  • Independent research project.
  • Weekly departmental seminars and laboratory meetings.
  • Laboratory and Research Skills, designed to ensure easy transition to graduate school.
  • One graduate course fall semester with an optional course in the spring semester as well as a GRE preparation course.
  • Life Skills, developed to hone both communication and organizational skills (writing, public speaking, time management, professionalism) in preparation for a successful career in biomedical research.

Mentors

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD

  • Chair/Department Executive Officer, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Director, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center
  • Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism 
  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Michael Anderson, PhD

  • Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
  • Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Sheila Baker, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Gail Bishop, PhD 

  • Holden Chair of Cancer Biology
  • Director, Center for Immunology & Immune-Based Diseases
  • College of Medicine Distinguished Professor of Microbiology
  • Associate Director for Basic Science Research, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Professor of Internal Medicine - Immunology

Robert Cornell, PhD

  • Vice Chair for Research
  • Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Kris DeMali, PhD

  • Interim Chair and Departmental Executive Officer
  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Professor of Dermatology

Natalie Denburg, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Adam Dupuy, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Associate Professor of Pathology

C. Andrew Frank, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Ernesto Fuentes, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Pamela Geyer, PhD 

  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Co-director, Medical Scientist Training Program

Palmoa Giangrande, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transfusion
  • Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Justin Grobe, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD

  • Vice Chair for Research, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

Hillel Haim, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Donna Hammond, PhD

  • Professor of Anesthesia
  • Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Vice Chair for Research

Michael Henry, PhD

  • Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Professor of Pathology
  • Professor of Urology
  • Professor of Radiation Oncology

Toshi Kitamoto

  • Associate Professor of Anesthesia
  • Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology

Ryan LaLumiere, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Neuroscience
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
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Isaac Petersen, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Steven Lentz, MD, PhD

  • Chief, Section of Hematology
  • Director, University of Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Henry Hamilton Chair in Hematology
  • Professor of Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Fang Lin, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Wendy Maury, PhD

  • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD

  • Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Research
  • Assistant Director, Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program in Neurology
  • Assistant Director, Residency Program in Neurology
  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Peggy Nopoulos, MD

  • Chair and Department Executive Officer, Department of Psychiatry
  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Professor of Neurology
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Miles Pufall, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Kamal Rahmouni, PhD

  • Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Center Research Chair

Janice Robertson, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Andrew Russo, PhD

  • Research Health Science Specialist, Director of Animal Research
  • Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Professor of Neurology

Mark Santillan, MD, PhD, FACOG, FAHA

  • Clinical Research Director - Maternal Fetal Tissue Bank
  • Co-Director, Obestrics and Gynecology Residency Research
  • Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Maternal/Fetal Medicine

Madeline Shea, PhD

  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA

  • Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Maria Spies, PhD

  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Professor of Radiation Oncology

Andrean Simons-Burnett, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Stefan Strack, PhD

  • Associate Chair for Research
  • Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Professor of Pathology

Tina Tootle, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology

Daniel Tranel, PhD

  • Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Professor of Neurology
  • Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Budd A. Tucker, PhD

  • Howard Ruby Chair and Professor for Regenerative Ophthalmology
  • Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Yuriy Usachev, PhD

  • John Paul Long Professor
  • Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Professor of Anesthesia

Steven Varga, PhD

  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Graduate Student Development
  • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Professor of Pathology

John Wemmie, MD, PhD

  • Vice Chair for Research
  • Roy J. Carver Endowed Chair
  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Mary E. Wilson, MD

  • Professor of Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases
  • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Professor of Epidemiology

Michael E. Wright, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • PREP Co-Director

Charles Yeaman, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Joseph Zabner, MD

  • Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine
  • Professor of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine